God Has Not Closed The Door Yet Part 3


 

“It Is Time To Get In The Ark”

 

Conclusion

 

       To be out of fellowship is to be in sin; it is like not being prepared for a great and terrifying flood. Many of us have found ourselves playing the role of Rambo-Christians, doing things on our own and giving up on the church. The church is not perfect, because we are not perfect. We must get back or get into a place where we can assemble so that we can get to know each other closely and be able then to do what we are called to do in God.

 

Again, you may be a member in a church and still be outside of fellowship. God did not call us just to gather on Sundays for a couple of hours. God is calling us to:

1. Stay firm in our faith:

 

This is done by developing a prayer life; by the study of the Scripture and by coming together to grow in learning sound doctrine. Many people are walking around not sure of their salvation because they are not allowing themselves to be disciples. Our faith and hope are under attack and we must be ready when the attack comes. We are not called to be alone; we are a part of the greatest and most powerful family on the face of this earth.

 

2.  Stay firm in our love for God and in our love for one another:

 

We must grow in all of the “one-another’s” in the Bible. Our love can only be tested as we come together. We can’t love one another if we don’t come together. Abandoning the church is taking away our opportunity to learn to love.

3.  Stay active in good works:

 

       Beloved, many are just sitting in church Sunday after Sunday, doing nothing. They have fallen victims of the One-Man Show. All the work that we need to do as Christians is not focused only in the four walls of the building we mistakenly call the church. However, spiritually speaking, everything we do must flow out of a group of believers who fellowship, pray and form a church government together; that is the true church.  We are talking about the apostolic order; the way the original apostles left for us to follow; it is the Godly way of doing things. We must unite our forces with others, learn to work in unity and allow God to use us as His vessels of clay for His glory and for the service of His people.

4.  Encourage one-another:

 

Hebrews 10:25 discusses about a Day approaching; that is not going to be a good day for those that are out of fellowship. When the flood came it was a good day for Noah, his family and the animals that made it in the ark; but for the many that did not enter the ark it was a terrorizing day. No other natural disaster can even come close to the Great Flood of Genesis. Beloved, we need each other! The word “encouragement” comes from the Greek word: (παρακαλέω)parakaléō meaning: “To the side of, to call for, to aid, to help, o to beseech and to invite to come.” Are you helping anybody? Who is calling you when they are discouraged? Who are you calling when it is you who feels like giving up? That Day is coming…are you ready?

 

The door is not closed yet. It is wide open, waiting for you to enter into safety and into the purpose of God. It is time to enter into the ark! It is time for Christians to come home into a messy and stinky church that will shine, that will be holy, pure and without wrinkles and that will float right up to the arms of God when the flood of the end of age comes. This time it will not be water, this time it will be the terrorizing sounds of the end of this age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Has Not Closed The Door Yet Part 2


“It Is Time To Get In The Ark”

 

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 NKJV

 

       The word confession here is the same word used in Romans 10:10. It is the Greek word (ὁμολογία)Homología meaning: “A confession, profession, or recognition. Homología is also used in 2 Corinthians 9:13. Used in an absolute sense, it means -confession of Christ and to Christ- used also in First Timothy 6:12, 13 and Hebrew 4:14.” (Logos Bible Software 4) In Hebrew 10:23 God is telling us to hold fast to the confession of hope we made when we were saved.

 

Verses twenty-four and twenty five of Hebrew’s ten gives us two powerful ways to stay firm in our faith, stay strong in love, stay active in good works and stay encouraged. These two things that we are commanded to do are:

1. To consider one another:

 

To consider one another comes from the Greek word (κατανοέω)katanoéō: It means to think, to observe, to notice, to contemplate, to have respect to, to regard; to learn thoroughly or consider accurately; to perceive fully; to discern; to apprehend, to comprehend, to perceive. (Logos Bible Software 4)

 

 

Beloved, our Christian life together is more than just the Sunday Morning Show. God want us to truly get to know and be a part of each other’s lives.

 

We need to think about each other, we need to observe each other, to make sure we are all right; we need to notice when our brothers and sisters are moving away from fellowship. No one in the church should feel that they are ignored. Everybody should feel a part of the family. We need to have respect for one another; we need to learn about each other and have a clear understanding of each other’s character and gifts; etc.

 

Many are members of a congregation, but there is not really any consideration for one another taking place. You are just a member who goes to church on Sundays to do God a favor. You hug a few brothers and sisters when the pastor says so and after the service is over, everybody goes their separate ways. Beloved that is not what God is asking of us. So you may think you are ok because you are a member of a church, but in reality you are just as lost as the one that rather stay home on Sundays.

 

2. To come together as an assembly:

 

The word assembly in the Greek is the word(ἐπισυναγωγή)episunágō. It means “To gather together; it means the act of gathering or assembling together. The word assembly in this verse of Hebrew 10:25 does not merely denote the assembling for corporate worship as a solitary or occasional act, but as customary conduct.” (Logos Bible Software 4)

 

Again, it is more than just our Sunday-morning thing. We need to consider and press on in our fellowship with one another so that we can:

 

  1. Stay firm in our hope (Faith).
  2. Stay firm in our love for God and in our love for one another.
  3. Stay active in good works.
  4. Stay encouraged.

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

 

 

God Has Not Closed The Door Yet


“It Is Time To Get In The Ark”

13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark…” Genesis 6:13-14a NKJV

 

13 That very day Noah had gone into the boat with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives. 14 With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds of every kind. 15 Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes. 16 A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.” Genesis 7:13-16 NLT

 

       The Ark of Noah is a typology of the church today. Just as the Ark of Noah was messy and stinky with all the animals manifesting their bowel movements, the church can also get messy and stinky as people manifest their own bowel movements through ungodly behaviors, lack of discipline, injustices, backbiting, etc. However, when the rain of God’s judgment came down, everybody wanted to get in that ark for safety, but by then it was too late, as God Himself closed the door.

 

One hundred years went by between God telling Noah to build the ark and the arrival of the flood, however during that time no one listened. Only Noah’s wife, three sons and their wives made it into that ark together with thousands of animals of all kinds.

The church is in trouble today; I take time on this blog to point out what the Lord tells me to share. However, make no mistake about it, the church will be the only Institution standing in the world. Everything else will be destroyed. For those folks that are out of fellowship, may this word serve as a loving warning that it is time to get in the ark. Oh, and by the way, going to church on Sundays or even becoming a member is not enough… Not even close to enough!

 

TO BE CONTINUED…